Posts by Anne McDonough

Collections on the Move

In preparation for the September 19th, 2017 re-opening of research services at the Historical Society’s interim home in the Newseum, here’s a little behind-the-scenes peek at just some of the steps that went into preparing the collection for a temporary move from the Carnegie Library. It’s also a gratitude shout-out. The relocation would not have […]

Exploring the William G. Newton Pencil Sketches

“Mercury at 10th & D.” Sketch by Thomas G. Newton, c.1859-1877. The William G. Newton Pencil Sketches collection, comprising 217 pencil sketches and the occasional watercolor, was donated to the Historical Society in 1950 upon the death of the artist, and preliminarily cataloged in 2003. Thanks to the incredible efforts of Spring 2017 interns Michael […]

Welcome, Washingtoniana!

The Historical Society of Washington, D.C., is thrilled to welcome staff and collections from the Washingtoniana Division of the DC Public Library to the Kiplinger Research Library! It’s a homecoming of sorts – when the Washingtoniana Division was founded in 1905, DCPL was headquartered here in the historic Carnegie Library and remained until the Martin […]

Kiplinger Research Library Resumes Full Services

After a four-month-long hiatus in library services due to unexpected building maintenance requiring the relocation of staff from the Carnegie Library building, we are thrilled to announce that full library services are now available as of the end of January 2017. Requests to research among the extensive collections of the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. […]

2016 Wrap-up, 2017 Lift-Off!

While library services were on hiatus this past fall and as limited services returned at the beginning of the new year, the small but mighty Historical Society staff were far from idle.  Aided by incredible colleagues at partner institutions such as the National Building Museum, the Newseum, The George Washington University Museum – The Textile […]

Hands On Learning at the Historical Society

Hands On Learning at the Historical Society

The beginning of the traditional summer break is a great time to look back at the at the educational programming the Historical Society of Washington, D.C, has provided this past year to elementary, high school and college students. Thanks to incredible support from a private foundation, a 150-year-old civic organization, and individual donors, it has […]

DISTRICT Exhibit Program Schedule

Riots. Unemployment. Demolition. Beginning the evening of January 6, take an unfiltered look at the DISTRICT in the 1960s and 1970s through the extraordinary eye of Washingtonian Chris Earnshaw. On view in the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.’s rotating exhibit space in the Carnegie Library building, through February 26 (Tuesday-Friday, 10am-4pm). The exhibition is complemented by several programs. […]

Spandorf Exhibit Program Schedule

Collaboration’s the name of the game: On November 21st, For the Record: The Art of Lily Spandorf—presented at the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum and co-produced and co-curated with the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.—opened its doors. And in addition to the exhibit itself, both partners are pleased to announce a full […]

What If? Washington: A Castle-less Capital City

Imagine. What if the Smithsonian Castle had burned all the way to the ground when flames surrounded the building in 1865? One of the most distinctive – and wonderfully odd, really, with its mismatched turrets and cloister-influenced nooks and crannies – and immediately recognizable buildings in all of Washington might have ceased to exist. What if James Smithson’s papers hadn’t […]

Personal Archiving: Digital Photography Workshops

The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. counts many magnificent personal photograph albums among the collections, documenting the up-close-and-personal of D.C. residents as well as tourists through the years. And while print albums come with their own slew of preservation concerns, in some ways they’re easier to deal with than the mountain of digital files that are currently […]